Here is a chart of Mamblues, from Cal Tjader’s album Soul Sauce, transcribed by me. It’s a pretty straightforward (but burning!) salsa tune on a blues form, with a cascara groove, mambo on the vibes solo. If you haven’t played a lot of this type of chart, note that the written grooves are for illustration only- you should play whatever version of the grooves you have together, making sure to follow clave. The roadmap is straightforward- take the repeats for the solos, then the DS and coda.

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YouTube clip after the break:

Here’s Cal Tjader playing Mamblues with Mongo Santamaria; it’s a little different from the version I used, which was on Tjader’s Soul Sauce: